EFSC to host NCAA Division I women's basketball tournament

EFSC to host NCAA Division I women's basketball tournament

Eastern Florida State College will host the 2017 U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam NCAA Division I women's basketball tournament Nov. 23 to Nov. 25.

The women's preseason basketball tournament was forced to relocate from the U.S. Virgin Islands due to damage from Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria and half of the women's tournament will be at Titan Field House with Butler, Drexel, Virginia Tech, and West Virginia coming to the Melbourne campus and George Washington University will host the other half, playing Syracuse, Vanderbilt and Wisconsin.

"We're thrilled to be able to host this event and bring some great Division-I women's basketball to the Space Coast," said Eastern Florida State College associate vice president of athletics Jeff Carr.

Eastern Florida State College was chosen by the tournament directors based on the venue, Titan Field House as well as other factors as the teams prepare to open the 2017-18 season. 

"We're thankful to the multiple universities that submitted proposals to host their respective division of the tournaments," said Jenn Ashby, the Paradise Jam tournament director. "We're incredibly thankful to all of the participating teams for their willingness to make adjustments during a difficult time. We're looking forward to hosting an event that matches the standard we have come to expect in the U.S. Virgin Islands and look forward to returning to the territory next year."

West Virginia finished last season No. 22 in the Division I Associated Press poll and made it to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Drexel is coming off a 22-win season and made it to the second round of the Women's NIT Tournament. Virginia Tech also posted 20 wins and made it to the quarterfinals of the WNIT.

Information on how to purchase tickets will be announced at a later date.

Paradise Jam tournament directors have partnered with the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands to accept donations to aid in hurricane relief efforts in the U.S. Virgin Islands. To contribute to the relief fund, please visit paradisejam.com. All money donated will be used directly for hurricane relief efforts in the territory and donations are tax deductible.